PROSECUTORS have dropped the murder charge against two of the bouncers accused of killing a North-east dad.
The move came during the High Court trial of Kiel Hauley, 33, Jonas Marcius, 23, and Adrian Morley, 33, who have been on trial accused of murdering 26-year-old Craig Grant.
Advocate Depute James Keegan QC moved to withdraw the charge against Mr Morley, and Lady Wolfe, who is overseeing the trial, formally acquitted him.
Meanwhile, Hauley’s defence advocate Brian McConnachie QC entered a plea to an amended charge.
Hauley’s plea of guilty to assault by repeatedly attempting to punch Mr Grant was accepted by the Crown, with the remainder of the charge against him deleted.
Hauley, of 16A Printfield Walk, Marcius, of 16A Merkland Road, and Mr Morley, of 35A Ashvale Place, all Aberdeen, had been accused of seizing Mr Grant by the neck, forcing him to the ground, striking him on the head and body, placing him in a neck hold or choke hold and compressing his neck.
It was alleged the men knelt on Mr Grant’s back and compressed his chest before seizing him by the legs and holding him down outside the former Tonik bar between August 8 and 9, 2013.
It was also alleged that they restricted his breathing and that they asphyxiated him.
Hauley will be sentenced later this week.
Mr Morley is facing no other charges.
Marcius is still accused of murdering Mr Grant.
The trial against him continues.